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♪ ♪ too often, america's servicemen and women return home from the war zone to a life of pain. for some of them the very agency set up to help them entraps them instead.
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>> abc news teamed up with the center for investigative reporting for this report, coming home america's promise. here is abc's byron pitts. >> these are probably the most difficult ones to look at. >> snap shots of a father by his own admission was anything but . decorated army veteran, justin, bronze star in iraq, here so stoned on prescription drugs he can barely hold his 3-year-old daughter. the war hero turned addict. >> i had everything going for me. and like a flash, that fast, you look up and it's gone. >> this was my family. >> he is not alone. according to the center for investigative reporting, a v.a. hospitals, number prescriptions for highly addictive pain killers surge 270% in the past 12 years. a rate far above the increase in patients. in fact, more than 50,000 veterans treated by the v.a. for painkiller addiction last year alone. his road to addiction started
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hours after 9/11. there he is, part of the rescue effort outside the pentagon, he injured his back pulling a woman from a debris pile. more back problems, more prescription drugs when he fell off a helicopter in iraq. he said v.a. doctors kept prescribing more pain killers. soon a full blown addict. he tried to stop three times. >> it is a living, seemingly, never-ending nightmare. i'm angry that there are better options, more effective ways to treat my pain. the priority was seemingly treating me with whatever was the fastest, most inexpensive way. >> v.a. whistleblower dr. kaloosy speaks for the first time. she was a pain specialist at the va hospital in kansas city. >> veterans have their own set of issues. then they are given narcotics generously. and that's increasing and increasing and increasing. then we have a problem. >> reporter: the veteran's health administration said they
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are starting a program called the opiate safety initiative using many of the same recommendations pain experts have talked about for years. including acupuncture and yoga. those have had great success in treating pain. >> these are pretty new ideas. we owe it to them to find ways to treat their pain. i'm here it say we are working on that. >> all sides agree veterans paid a high price. their pain is real. the v.a. now insists they found a new pain management plan they say works. they point to the success of test sites in plaips, for -- minneapolis, for example, the v.a. says highly addictive pain killers dropped by more than 50%. we will see if that can work nationally. byron pitts, abc news, washington. >> part of the problem is that doctors in this piece say that if the patient continues to complain they are still in pain, doctors just keep giving them painkillers instead of trying to find another solution and trying to eventually get them off of those
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painkille painkillers. >> it is really scary. listen to this, v.a. patients are dying of narcotics overdoses at twice the national average. and it is a national problem. >> right, to begin with it is. >> out of control with v.a. patients. really scary. coming up, meet the sleep whisperer. she has the voice and sound that may cure your sleep habits and it is for free. >> ahead in the next half hour, a real life california gold rush. a couple find $10 million in buried treasure. you're watching "world news now." >> "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ mr. sandman, b ♪ mr. sandman, bring me a dream ♪ ♪ make him the cutest that i've ever seen ♪ ♪ >> all right insomniacs, we know you're out there. pay attention. there is new hope of falling asleep when you want to. that's why this is our favorite story of the day. doesn't involve surgery, pills or high-tech equipment. >> remedy is simple and free. as abc's linsey davis explains in our series, "sleepless in america." >> today i have a new video for you. >> if just hearing her voice makes you suddenly have the strong desire to doze off. this woman won't be offended. in fact, it's the response she wants. >> she is a sleep whisperer.
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one of an exploding community on the internet known as autonomous sensory meridian responders or asmr. they tap, brush, pour and mostly whisper, all to lull people to sleep. >> is it just a soothing voice? is it a calming voice? >> it has to do with the combination of sounds and voices. i'm not convinced that it works. it actually works. >> her videos have generated nearly 16 million clicks. and hers are among the thousands of asmr options. >> one of her followers is emily hansen who says ilse's videos have changed her life. >> i could not sleep. and i just was thinking about so many different things going on in my life. >> when hansen saw her first asmr video, she found it hard to keep her eyes open. >> it is one of the most euphoric experiences i had ever felt. i didn't know what it was, but
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i was hooked. my brain relaxes and i just fall asleep. just conk out. >> that's with no pills, no side effects, no danger of addiction. >> it is quite believable to me that somebody says this works better than a sleeping pill for me. >> in fact, khan says that asmr videos could be a good solution to insomnia. >> if brings me comfort that i can't find in other things. >> millions of people now relying on the internet's equivalent of counting sheep. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> so in a sense these are basically guided meditation. >> right. >> have you ever tried to meditate? i fall asleep. because it is the soothing voice. the sound. >> nice whisper. >> right. but the point is, it is distracting you you from whatever is keeping you up. >> whatever works. by the way, they say the best way is to use the special head phones and not be uncomfortable with.
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that works even better than just listening to it. >> whatever works. >> coming up, bacon! listening to it. >> whatever works. >> coming up, bacon!
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time now for the mix. you know how amazon is talking about using drones to do deliveries. >> yeah. >> netflix has come out with a video kind of poking fun at that idea. it is pretty funny. take a look. ♪ ♪ >> unlike other companies, trying to rush unproven technology to market, we have literally spent days working out most of the bugs. by enabling location services on your smart phone, the disk can come right to you wherever you may be. >> delivery right in the urinal. what an idea. very clever advertisement there. >> no doubt about it. >> speaking of clever, you remember the san francisco girl we told you about who sold 200 -- 100 boxes of girl scout cookies in an hour.
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why? because she was outside of a marijuana dispensary. there she is. enterprising girl scout. danielle lee. selling like crazy, outside the marijuana dispensary. the munchies and all that. the girls in colorado will not be able to follow her lead like she did in california. the girl scouts of colorado have said they are just not going to allow it. there is a place for everything. like a liquor show, gun show, or marijuana dispensary. it's not a place for young girls to be selling their cookies. there are plenty of other options. so as much as the business is brisk outside the dispensaries, in colorado you will not be selling your girl scout cookies out in front. >> you can understand the ban. but you can't blame that girl for trying. >> yeah, and the girl in san francisco, maybe she cornered the market in san francisco, but not in colorado. >> speaking of munchies, we love bacon around here. >> of course we do. >> a baseball team in pennsylvania loves bake condition, so much so, they put bacon on their uniforms, hats, everything.
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this is the lehigh valley iron pigs. get it. the minor league baseball team. these are the new uniforms. they're selling scratch and sniff t-shirts that smell like bacon for the fans. >> i want one of those hats. and their new slogan, smell the change. >> i have about a thousand too many hats already. but i have to have that one. >> you have to have it, yes. >> hipsters in brooklyn who like to grow their facial harrow owe >> totally the look, yeah. >> well some guys aren't blessed with that much facial hair, but they can get a facial hair transplant. a doctor if brooklyn is doing a brisk business implanting hair from the top of the head into people's faces and giving them beards. we had it done. check it out. nice. i like it. >> yours is like groomed so nicely too. impressive. >> think we can do that here at abc. >> i think you can totally pull it off. what about me? >> you look great.
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this morning on "world news now," arizona anxiety. the state's controversial bill which would allow businesses to ban gays and lesbians. the worldwide political pressure and public outcry. >> fighting fat, the latest obesity rates for american children and why the first lady's personal push may be paying off. are your kids on the right track? >> backyard bonanza, $10 million in rare gold coins dating back to the 1800s. the amazing treasure and who found it. >> down to the wire. drama in the fantasy suite as juan pablo gets dumped. so who is left and how many times did he go shirtless last night? analysis coming up in "the skinny" on this wednesday, february 26th. >> from abc, this is "world news
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now." >> good morning. i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. >> i'm john muller. did you get your juan pablo fix last night? >> i totally did. >> i know you did. >> lots of drama. excited to see what jack says about that. >> we'll have that in a little bit. we begin with outcry over arizona's contentious bill. allowing businesses to turn away gay customers. in the name of religion. >> arizona governor jan brewer is under intense pressure to veto, tweeting overnight that she will do the right thing for the state. more now from abc's cecilia vega. >> outrage at the state capitol. as governor jan brewer faces a decision, does she sign into law a bill in the name of religious freedom to refuse to serve gay people or veto it. but companies are pouncing, saying the law would create an unfriendly climate that's bad for business. joining the chorus, marriott hotels. tech giant, apple. which has plans to open a 2,000
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job high-tech plant in the state. and american airlines. whose ceo wrote, this bill send the wrong message. mitt romney chimed in urging a veto. even the nfl weighs in. with next year's super bowl set to be played in arizona, the league says it supports tolerance and inclusiveness. >> it is discrimination couched behind the belief that i can hide behind my religious beliefs. >> the opposition has been loud, but you from the backers of this bill so far we are hearing silence. we tried to find business owners who would go on the record in support of it. so far, we have not found one. but willing to talk, maya artinson of christian business networking. for her, this is about religious freedom. >> how is this any different than refusing service to someone because of the color of their skin. >> that would be a horrible thing. >> that's not what this is about. this is about situations where people want their belief systems respected. >> the governor has until
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saturday to act. cecilia vega, abc news, phoenix. >> all kinds of people speaking out. attorney general eric holder spoke out in favor of gay rights. he said that gay marriage bans are unconstitutional and they are not obliged to stand behind state laws that they believe are discriminatory. >> while this is a push from some businesses, there are also a lot of prominent business leaders asking the governor to veto this. the state tourism industry says the bill's already having a negative effect. i don't know if you remember but in the '90s the nfl moved the super bowl out of arizona because the state refused to recognize martin luther king, jr. day back then. you can see the impact that these state laws and movements can really have on business. >> we will stay on top of this one. after a brief respite of mild weather, arctic air invading much of the country again and refreezing thawed waterways, creating dangerous conditions. an illinois man who thought the iced over spoon river thawed enough for him to reach his
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flood boat. no. unfortunately, he capsized and disappeared before the rescuers could get to him. rescuers will resume their search at daylight. >> southern californians are busy stacking sandbags ahead of two pacific storms that are expected to pound the state, starting today. the next few days will likely see the most rain fall in california since spring of 2011. that rain is also bringing the threat of flooding and mudslides, especially around the foothills that have been burned by wildfires last month. >> and of course california needs this rain and mountain snow so much. >> accu weather meteorologist jim dickey is tracking the pacific storm and another one hitting the northeast. good morning, jim. >> good morning, john and marci. we are tracking snow across the east into new england. through the early morning hours. it is weak but it will travel along the i-95 corridor. boston, south and west, new york city into d.c. just picking up a coating to an inch or show but leaving roadways slick. meanwhile, dealing with brutal cold along the upper midwest. northern plains minus 13, early morning low minneapolis. minus 3 in chicago.
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many spots above 0 during the day. soaking rain in california. we do need this but too much of a good thing will lead it flooding into the weekend. john and marci, back to you. >> jim dickey, thank you. a spectacular scene from the surface of the sun. a giant solar flare erupted there yesterday. winds over 4 million miles per hour. flares often disrupt communications here on earth. this one was not directed at us. it could still cause auroras near the poles tonight. >> as the health care sign-up deadline approaches, president obama wants to see an enrollment surge next month. he says about 4 million people are enrolled so far and he wants 7 million signed up by the deadline of march 31st. after that, anyone without insurance will face penalties. the surge in sign-ups follows his push to get black and latino
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americans enrolled. >> obesity in young children. the obama administration may be due some of the credit. nbc's lindsay janice has more. >> four years after michelle obama launched her let's move initiative to get kids to eat right and exercise -- ♪ ♪ -- that stunning headline. new government numbers showing in 2004, 14% of 2 to 5-year-olds were obese. but by 2012, that number dropped to just 8%. the cdc calling the first significant decrease in the epidem epidemic. >> it is particularly important since new evidence suggests that kids who are overweight that age are more likely to be overweight as adults. >> experts point to a number of factors that may have contributed to the dramatic decline. kids are consuming fewer sugary drinks. more moms are breast-feeding. they also credit the first lady with raising awareness. lessons that may be starting to stick.
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lindsey janice, abc news, new york. >> general motors is expanding its recall of small cars to repair defective ignition switches. the recall covers 1.6 million compact cars. various saturn, chevrolet and pontiac models from 2003 to 2007 that need repair. the faulty ignitions can shut off and 13 deaths are linked to the defect. federal safety advocates insist gm knew about the defects for years and did not issue a recall. >> you won't see the best car in america at your gas station because it runs on a battery. consumer reports shows that the tesla model s is the top pick. the magazine says this electric car has exceptional performance and an exceptional price tag, $90,000. among consumer reports, other top picks are ram 1500 as best pickup. the small suv is the subaru forester and honda accord is the number one midsize sedan. >> here is a question, what did you get when you mix a children's playground, snow and
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an american snowboarder who just competed in the winter olympics. >> my answer is a pretty cool video starring chas guldemond. who we last saw on the slopes of sochi. this time he is on a playground with a basketball hoop in reno, nevada. >> he didn't come home with a medal but put on quite a show there. maybe we will see him in south korea in four years. >> i love this video. >> that's really cool. >> i wonder how many takes they had to do. >> yeah, right. that's awesome. >> wait for it, wait for it. >> dunk. >> nice. >> coming up, gold line in the backyard. this is incredible. $10 million find discovered by a couple on their own land. >> and college students rocking around the clock. >> a well-known annual tradition given special meaning this year. you're watching "world news now." ♪ ♪
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some of the finest experts have ever seen. >> a couple were just out walking their dog. awesome. wayne freed man of our san francisco station has the story. >> reporter: unbelievable. this is part of $10 million staring you in the face. 10 mill in 5s, 10s and $20 lady liberty gold pieces minted in the 1800s. >> it is clear these were buried over a long period of time. >> and dug up in coffee cans, an unnamed couple walking on their land in california's gold country. here is the story as they told rare coin dealer, don kagin, when they walked through the door one day last year. >> found the can, they used a stick to dig it out. they brought it back thinking it was full of paint because it was so heavy. then when they got rid of some of the gunk and dirt they discovered they had gold. the little pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. they went back with a metal detector and found seven other cans. >> that now have a name.
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the saddle ridge hoard. 1400 coins. street value back then, $28,000. but so much more now because of the lore and the quality. >> the coins that are out there, that have maintained their value the best over the years, the coins that have good stories, that's what people are really buying here. >> what do they plan to do with the cans? >> they want to keep them. >> there's no placing a price tag on a memory. wayne friedman for abc news. >> all right, folks. brings us to our facebook question of the day. what would you do if you found $10 million? >> would you splurge? would you buy a mansion or support a charity? you can let us know at wnnfans.com. >> all of the above. >> all of the above. that's what this couple plans to do. they will pay their debts. oh, what are you going to do? you're apparently moneybags. >> i wish. >> giant coins there.
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good find. they say they will pay debts and help people in their community who are hungry and don't have enough to eat. >> they prefer to stay anonymous. they are in their 40s. they dabbled in panning for gold in that area. >> they were looking in the wrong place. >> it was already minted. >> their advice is, don't be above bending over to check a rusty can. pretty funny. you never know. >> and whatever answers you seek might be right at home. you don't have to go too far. very cool. >> next up on "the skinny." who dumped the bachelor on his own show? >> and the muppets like you've never seen before. that and more, coming up next. >> "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ ♪ welcome back, everybody. time for "the skinny." we start once again with more bachelor. >> a special episode here on abc last night. here to tell us more about it, our senior bachelor analyst jack sheehan. drama, drama. >> let me tell you what. one of those things, john, i couldn't -- i couldn't get over
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it. we start -- where were we? we said last night, there's going to be hi-jinks in the fantasy suite. as jp would say, holy moly! ay-yi-yi. start with the first date. clare and juan pablo. on a yacht, go swimming, to dinner eventually. get to the fantasy suite. all is well, folks. all is well with jp and clare. second date, juan pablo and nikki. she had an interesting outfit on. they wined up on horse back. they go swimming. they have dinner. they get to the fantasy suite. where she says, i love you to juan pablo. all is well, america, with nikki and juan pablo. then there's andi. everything seemed to be going well. they're walking. they're driving to a waterfall.
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they get to the waterfall. they get under the waterfall. all is well with andi and jp. they get to the fantasy suite. all seemed well with jp and andi. the morning after, some differing opinions. let's hear it. >> we had a great night together, you know. we freakin' talked and laughed for hours. >> waking up this morning, i could not wait to get out of the fantasy suite. >> the whole night was just a disaster. >> and i'm happy. i'm very happy. >> i really hope he did not think that that was a good date. >> well, that didn't go too well. >> yikes. >> she goes over to his place. she also accuses him of name-dropping, not caring about her, thinking he can say whatever he wants. not having a filter. calls his use of the phrase
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"okay" not only bad, but annoying. maybe needless to say, andi is out of there. she is -- >> decided to leave. >> she decided to leave. she is done. so much for that. okay. shirtless count, shirtless count, kiss count, three. tears count, nil. the shirtless count stops at five. there you go. for the women. so two women remaining. nikki and clare. the women tell all next week. uh-oh. i got to go. >> see you, jack. >> can't wait for next week. >> oh, i know. you're so excited. >> i like jack better than the show. let's talk about more things going on. main character in a much-anticipated movie, never wears a shirt either. 60 years after the original, fans are eagerly awaiting the reboot of "godzilla." >> besides the lizard king, it stars bryan cranston. it doesn't open until may, but the new trailer is generating lots of buzz.
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>> besides cranston, the film boasts some good actors. juliette by noesh, elizabeth ken and ken want nab i. godzilla himself is only seen briefly in the trailer. you may have to wait until may for a good one. >> a godzilla sized ego is heading for the big screen. now we know when. >> mark your calenders. the mega hit about super agent ari gold, hits theaters june 12, 2015. it is being shot in l.a. with liam neeson. he makes a cameo in a scene shot yesterday. you will have to wait another 16 months to see it at a theater near you. instagram with a slew of celebrity selfies, but cut from a different cloth. >> the muppets. on the loose with a smart phone. as you can see from this shot. the swedish chef. >> kermit and company overshadowing every moment on instagram. look at beaker, stunned.
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this is penn state's song. america's biggest college dance marathon. more than 700 dancers shaking, shimmying, strutting their stuff. all to help kids like 13-year-old britney wagner. britney has cancer. money raised here will help pay for her family's medical costs. after 24 hours -- >> i can't move my feet. >> reporter: -- almost 36 of hours in, allison's legs are swollen, she is losing her voice. >> it is not really about us. it is about fighting cancer. >> reporter: and 44 hours in, nearly two days after their dance began, allison and ryan are barely hanging on. [ inaudible ] >> 3, 2, 1 -- >> reporter: and then it's over. mission accomplished. $13 million raised. and perhaps more importantly -- >> i'm so happy.
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>> reporter: britney is here. >> don't ever underestimate the affect you can have on a child's life. >> reporter: dancing with your feet, and your heart. sarah haines, abc news, state college, pennsylvania. >> how cool is that? >> you got to love it. >> you got to love it. >> it looks fun. but these guys are in it for the right reasons. one of the participants said i know i can get through the toughness of 46 hours on my feet because those kids can go through months and years of treatment. that's more pain than i will ever have to go through in my life. >> i love the rule, you have to remain upright. >> yes. you have to remain upright. and no coffee. that is a tough part. >> boy oh, boy. >> leaning on each other. that's what we do to stay up. my gosh. can't imagine. good for them. >> this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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good morning. i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. >> i'm john muller. here are some top stories we are following on "world news now." california stacking up sandbags ahead of two soaking rain storms, another polar vortex is refreezing thawed waterways in the east and plummeting temperatures in a danger zone. we will have the latest from accu weather just ahead. >> rounding up another 28 suspects accused of faking psychiatric problems to get millions in disability benefits. many are former cops and firefighters and claimed their problems stemmed from 9/11. >> kerry kennedy expected to testify in a new york court today to defend herself against charges she was driving under the influence of ambien. she said she took the pill by mistake and didn't realize she was impaired. >> lawyers for justin bieber have until this afternoon to stop the release of police video
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taken after bieber's arrest taken last month for drunk driving. some of that footage may show bieber in various states of undress. those are some top stories on this wednesday, february 26th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. is this the craziest winter ever. >> it really is. >> seems that way, doesn't it? >> that brief warm-up was such a tease over the weekend. it felt like spring, now it is freezing again. >> back to the ice box we go. we begin this half hour with the relentless winter. the worst in years. refusing to reless its grip on a frozen nation. >> with spring weeks away, another morning of below zero cold in the midwest, while the first of two of major storms is hitting california this morning. our coverage begins with abc's larry jacobs. >> reporter: spring is less than a month away. during the last week of february in chicago, it feels like january with morning temperatures plunging below 0. hats and gloves still selling in
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stores. >> showcasing what is left of the winter gear and appropriately displaying the summer gear. >> reporter: flood warnings and advisories across illinois and indiana where ice jams are sending rivers over their banks. >> chunks of ice out here, you know, they are thick. and they are just destroying whatever they crossed. >> reporter: despite dropping temperatures, search will resume for a missing man whose boat capsized in an ice-jammed river in central illinois. >> with ice, cold temperatures, very difficult. there's not a whole lot of open water. in the area where the victim was. and a lot of, you know, difficult stuff to deal with. >> reporter: southern california's bracing for the worst downpours in months. homeowners in foot hills outside los angeles are taking no chances because mudslides are a big threat. >> just talked a little bit about doing what we can do at our home. and maybe possibly sandbagging around the doorways, just i think we'll be okay. >> reporter: with flood concerns
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from california to the midwest, americans from coast to coast cannot wait for this mean season to end. larry jacobs, abc news, new york. >> but the rainstorms in california are not expected to be drought busters. accu weather's jim dickey following those storms and snow in the northeast. good morning, jim. >> good morning, john and marci. another round of snow weather here. across the northeast and new england here. this will be a nuisance storm. accumulation fairly light with this. as it comes during morning hours and early afternoon, morning commute could be an issue. boston, new york city, down to washington, d.c. take your time-out there on the roadways. meanwhile, brutal cold holding on across the midwest and northern plains. these are expected early morning temperatures. minus 3 in chicago. minus 13 in minneapolis. struggling to get above 0 at all through the day. meanwhile, across the west, storm system moving in. we need the rain fall. for the most part, good news. too much of a good thing will lead to flooding. the first round of rain comes in here today aimed at the bay
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area. second round of rainfall friday into saturday will bring soaking rain to l.a. again, flash flooding, mudslides, big time concern. john and marci, now back to you. >> thank you. >> nasa pointing satellites to california so they can monitor which areas need the water the most. which areas may still have a little bit of snow on the ground or water supplies. >> give them the data so they can manage their resources more effectively. >> all right. if you entrust your children to a school bus each morning, there is dramatic evidence that they are built for safety. newly released video shows what happened inside a washington state bus when an suv plowed into it head on a week ago. two eighth graders suffered minor injuries. the suv's driver and passenger were injured more seriously. for the first time the u.s. fined a foreign airline for how it responded to an accident. three people were killed and dozens injured when the asiana airlines jet clipped the seawall as it tried to land in san francisco in the summertime. federal authorities say the korean airline was too slow to provide information and help
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to the victims' families. the fine is a half million dollars. >> prosecutors here in the u.s. will have to wait before getting their hands on mexican drug lord joaquin guzman, also known as el "el chapo". two judges ruled he must stand trial in mexico on drug trafficking and organized crime charges before any extradition could happen to the u.s. guzman is held in mexico's most secure prison. a move aimed at not repeating his escape in 2001. the fda is investigating a controversial fertilization technique. called three parent in vitro fertilization. doctors would combine the eggs of two women and the sperm of one man to limit genetic disorders. critics say it would allow designer babies and open the door to genetic tinkering. researchers want permission to conduct human test. >> familiar faces burst back on to the campaign trail playing the part of mid term superhero for democrats seeking office. he is former president bill clinton.
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he is hoping to pack enough political punch to topple a lot of targets. here is abc's jeff zeleny. >> reporter: bill clinton is back. >> look, i love kentucky, you've been good to me. >> reporter: plunging into one of the biggest battles of the year. the effort to knock off the top republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell. clinton said he turned gridlock into an art form. >> when there's a problem, do everything you can to make sure the problem is never fixed. it may work in an election year. get everybody upset and mad all the time but it is a dumb way to run a country. >> reporter: clinton helping mcconnell's opponent. secretary of state allison lunder again grimes. she was a teenager when she was president. here she is only 14 presenting roses to the clintons at their inauguration in 1993. surrounded by senators in washington, mcconnell brushed off clinton's visit. >> every time he comes, it is good for me. >> reporter: perhaps but clinton is the biggest draw.
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fueled by nostalgia for the past and a hope that hillary clinton runs for the white house. one person not mentioned, president obama. you didn't mention president obama once in your speech. why is president clinton such a bigger draw? >> for me, president clinton is a friend, a mentor and an adviser. >> reporter: we caught up with clinton and asked if democrats could maintain control of the senate. >> i think so. they're going to have to work for it, though. >> reporter: bill clinton in high demand hoping to rise to the rescue. jeff zeleny, abc news, louisville, kentucky. >> another former president, jimmy carter, expressing grave concern about the bitter unrest in venezuela. he is planning a trip there to meet with both sides. maduro ousted three officials from caracas. they will continue
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demonstrations that left more than a dozen people dead. >> president obama is facing new criticism over who he is appointing to represent america abroad. american foreign service association which represents diplomats may publicly oppose three of the late of the picks next week. there is growing backlash over the president's nomination of political donors to embassy posts. three recent picks are really raising eyebrows. nominee for ambassador to argentina admitted he never even visited. >> have you been to argentina? >> senator, i haven't had the opportunity yet to be there. >> raising more than $500,000 for the president's reelection. and the new nominee as ambassador to norway didn't know what form of government it has. >> why would president obama nominate a guy to be ambassador to norway that has never been to norway. >> raising nearly $850,000 for the president's reelection campaign -- >> oh, and colleen bell, soap opera producer representing u.s. in hungary had trouble with basic questions. as what are our strategic
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interests in hungary? >> well, we have a strategic interest in terms of what our key priorities -- >> bell did raise $800,000 for the obama campaign. the president is choosing ambassador nominees who have no diplomatic experience at a higher rate than most presidents. 50% in his second term. with the three most recent nominees knowing so little about their appointed countries, the board of the american foreign service association is considering the unusual move of publicly opposing them. something it hasn't done since 1993. >> and a senate committee approved two of the three nominees. full senate will likely approve all three. so we mentioned frigid temperatures in midwest earlier. here is a sign a long winter might be getting to a couple of college guys. >> here they go. this is what they call snow swimming. complete with speedos, goggles, caps. they have the whole deal going. these fellows are seniors at university of minnesota in
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duluth. look at them go. >> whoa, man. after diving in and doing a few strokes they sensibly retreat to the warmth of the house. video shot last friday when high temperature in duluth was 30 and low was 7. i know my hands freeze when i make a snowball. so i can't imagine -- >> but it is just for a few seconds. i'm sure they can sit by the fire for a while and those are warm compared to the forecast for today in duluth. windy with afternoon snow. high of 11. low of minus 27. with feel-like low, minus 51 degrees. i don't think they will try it again today. >> i don't think they will try it and suddenly doesn't feel so bad here in the northeast. after hearing that, right? funny stuff. coming up, different kind of academy awards competition. this one involving movie makers of the future. we will take you to hollywood to get the whole picture. >> also ahead, the world famous yoga guru who promises better health and better sex lives. the serious accusations he faces. >> and preparing man's best friend for new bundle of joy.
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body and mind. >> he is in a lot of hot water now facing civil lawsuits from several former students. they are speaking o against their former guru. david wright has the story. >> reporter: bikram may be the most successful yoga guru in the world. his brand of hot yoga has millions of followers. but bikram now faces a legal threat, five student suing him for sexual assault. >> nobody has the right to my body. >> sarah vaughn alleged bikram first accosted her when she was attending his teaching training program. >> he put his hands-on my leg and my arm and pulled them apart. and then started whispering things in my ear. don't you love me? he is a sick man. and i'm not even the worst. i got away. >> he raped me. >> larisa anderson said she was
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once part of his inner circle. >> he raped you? >> yes. >> reporter: in his own house? >> yes. >> reporter: his wife sleeping upstairs. >> correct. >> i never lie, i never cheat, i never hurt. >> reporter: in a 2012 interview on his booming success, he got visibly angry when i asked him about rumors of inappropriate contact with students. >> [ bleep ]. >> nothing. >> nothing? hardest problem in my life, david, is stay away from women. women like me. and i have to run city after city, country after country, all my life to stay away from the women. >> reporter: women like you too much? >> yeah. >> reporter: the women accusing bikram didn't file reports until years after the alleged incidents and the d.a. declined to pursue criminal charges. these lawsuits are being brought in civil court. >> what would you want to say to him now?
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>> i would just say that i -- i hope that he gets some help. >> reporter: he and his legal team declined request for an interview in this story. in a state of illinois shlgs in a statement, his attorney said the defendants strongly dispute the allegations at issue and intend to vindicate themselves in court. adding they do not intend to try this case in the media. david wright, abc news, los angeles. >> those women said they were afraid to come forward sooner just because he is so beloved. they thought no one would believe them. and some of them worked for him so they were dependent on him for a job so that was part of their hesitation, coming forward with those accusations. >> fascinating stuff. >> coming up, first there's mom and dad baby makes three. but what about the pets? >> and how to introduce your best friend to your new addition. that comes up right after this. >> "world news now" continues after this from our abc
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this excited chihuahua offering his new baby sister a dog toy. and this adorable duo took video by storm when their cuddles went viral. how can you be sure it is puppy love at first sight? for your furry friend and new bundle of joy? look no more than owner of dog store new york city. his clientele includes simon cowell, dog whisperer caesar milan and real housewives of new york sonja morgan. he helps pet owners introduce their furry firstborn to the new born. >> when i'm a new mom, i'm worried about overnight feedings, changing diapers, but the dog. how the baby will interact with the dog? >> the baby come and there's all kind of commotion in the house. always good to get the dog involved, whether taking him for extra walks at the park, getting them groomed extra. >> reporter: and to avoid sibling rivalry, try the common scent tactic. >> bring the baby blanket and put it inside the dog bed so they can smell the scent.
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it is good for the dog to know what is about to arrive. >> report: that's what this couple did when their son met their yorkie. >> he was very confused, heard squeaks and cries and he growled and barked then after we got him closer, he picked up on the scent, he calmed down. >> reporter: but the biggest piece of advice. >> remember he was there first. make it fun for your dog. >> reporter: proof that man's best friend can be baby's as well. abc news, new york. >> good tips. >> hey, dogs can get jealous too. no doubt about it. >> absolutely. i've had friends who had to give their dogs up for adoption when babies came home because they had jealousy and the dogs got aggressive. those are great tips. who knows if it could have helped. >> i imagine you have to do it slowly, pay attention and needless to say, don't leave your new born unguarded, at
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>> they didn't want anyone on stage that didn't have a real investment on the future of film. stiemt scene 2, take 12. >> reporter: in a one-minute video, the winning students creatively explained how they would contribute to the next generation of film. >> i want to see the winning touchdown, get the girl and lead the story. >> reporter: some used music. >> pirates of the caribbean would never set sail without -- ♪ ♪ >> reporter: and others didn't speak a word. >> i'm like on cloud nine this week. like the best week of my life. >> reporter: now on oscar sunday, they'll deliver the golden statuettes to celebrity presenters. while also rubbing elbows with hollywood's most influential movie-makers. >> i would love to meet steve mcqueen and alfonso. >> on stage standing with some of the most powerful and talented people in the industry is unbelievable. >> reporter: and it's an opportunity they believe will inspire their future work.
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>> add more fuel to the tank in terms of one day being at the oscars for my own merit. >> reporter: this week students say they will attend rehearsals and taking museum and studio tours while doing their best to soak it all in. brandi hitt, abc news, los angeles. >> all right, brandi. don't miss the oscars this sunday night right here on abc. >> all of the excitement starts at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. cool. >> it is. what a great opportunity for students. the academy runs a student academy awards. four different categories. alternative, animation, documentary and narrative. and those are handed out in june. >> some past winners, interesting names. rob erred >> ed: memo owe bob saget, spike lee, trey parker and bob lasiter. some good company there. >> absolutely. >> that's our news this half hour. >> remember to follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com.
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this morning on world news this morning on "world news now," relentless season. today's arctic freeze in the midwest, rising rivers and the big rush to sandbag in the west. much-needed rain just hours away. fraud outrage. the growing allegations against new york's 9/11 first responders faking their disabilities costing taxpayers up to $400 million. >> these are dollars that are reserved for people who truly need it the most. >> some of the suspects caught red handed. and fighting insomnia. forget the expensive sleeping pills and questionable home remedies. we found a ticket to slumber land and it's free. >> it brings me comfort that i can't find in other things. >> the growing number of believers getting a good night's rest. it's wednesday, february 26th.
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>> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. >> i'm john muller. seems so unfair now that much of t rain is coming to clench the northwest. it could trigger flooding and mudslides. >> different misery for the eastern two-thirds where a polar blast is refreezing swollen waterways. iced over spoon river proved too much for an illinois man trying to reach his flooded home by boat. he capsized and disappeared before rescuers could get to him. ginger zee is tracking the tale of two winters. >> reporter: parts of southern california laying out almost 150,000 sandbags. preparing for what could bring more rain in four days than they've had in the past year. >> mudslides are more of a potential especially in areas of where there has been fires. >> reporter: especially in places like glendora, california, home of the colby
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wildfire that gnawed away at 2,000 acres of vegetation in january. >> we need the rain. >> well, i know. but not that much. >> not that much at once, but we do need the rain. >> they need it to help dent the historic drought. but get this, even if they get five inches of rain, they need another 15 inches within a month to really see a rebound. rain will start and the heaviest will come friday into saturday. in all, almost a half foot for some. meanwhile, the headlines for many east of the rockies is cold. savage winter still howling in southern minnesota. where the deadline to get your ice fishing house off the lakes is less than a week away. but with all of the cold and snow of late they may not be able to remove them in time. that push of late february burr brings sub freezing wind chills as far south as north texas and northern alabama. the thaw/freeze effect forcing
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ice jams from illinois to indiana and pennsylvania. bulldozing the swollen river's edge. >> chunks of ice in the area. a foot thick. they are just destroying whatever they cross. >> windchill advisory from montana to ohio. surrounding the great lakes that core of the cold air really settles in wednesday and thursday morning. some wind chills could go as low as 20 or even 30 below. remember, it only takes 30 minutes then to get frostbite. ginger zee, abc news, new york. >> as the snow starts falling and temperatures continue to plunge, keep it here on abc news for the latest. we will have an update from accuweather in the next half hour. >> now to the tense debate in arizona where the governor is considering a controversial bill that would allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. governor jan brewer is expected to make a decision by saturday. people across the country are weighing in. supporters of the bill say it would protect religious freedom but opponents are calling it sanctioned discrimination. american airlines, apple, nfl,
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mitt romney are all urging a veto. kerry kennedy is expected to take the stand in a new york court this morning to defend herself against charges she drove under the influence of ambien. the prosecution rested its case glens kennedy -- against kennedy and one of the final witnesses may have helped her defense. a toxicology expert testified that kennedy may not have realized she was impaired which is what she has insisted all along. >> now a disturbing story about people accused of profiting off the 9/11 attacks. law enforcement officials say some of new york city's finest and bravest have not been honest. devin dwyer has more on a scam to pocket disability fund. >> one by one former police officers and firefighters arrive in cuffs. more than two dozen new arrests, part of a widening dragnet over a scam linked to 9/11. prosecutors say the defendants stole from the social security administration. some faking 9/11-related post
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traumatic stress to claim disability payments. >> these are dollars that are reserved for people who truly need it the most. >> in reality, some of the 130 accused have been living high on life. in court filings last month, prosecutors cited photos, videos and social media posting that show the defendants do not appear to be disabled. despite claiming they couldn't use a computer, could not drive, or could not shop. former police officer, glenn leiberman arraigned last month, and seen here on a jet ski received $175,000 over four years after reportedly saying he couldn't go outside. prosecutors say four ring leaders arrested last month coached some of the defendants to appear disoriented in psychological evaluations. for families of 9/11 heros, ones who ran toward the twin towers, the latest allegations are a deep disappointment. >> puts a mark against people like that who are so dedicated
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and truly represent what the fire and police are. not these bad characters. >> most of the defendants have pleaded not guilty but prosecutors say the alleged scheme has cost taxpayers north of $400 million. john and marci? >> devin, thank you. korean airline is fined half a million dollars by the u.s. that involves the ashe ana airlines crash last summer in san francisco. the transportation department says the carrier didn't give crash victims and the families sufficient and timely help as required by law. it took the airline as long as five days to contact families. >> at the university of miami they are encouraged by the prognosis of a young player after he collapsed. hunter knighton taken to the hospital on monday after a workout. he was said to be unconscious. we don't know any more details of his condition or exactly what happened to him. knighton didn't play last season after undergoing shoulder surgery. big trouble for new york knicks guard raymond felton.
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he is free on bail now and is facing two felony weapons possession charges. felton surrendered to new york police after his wife dropped off a loaded pistol she said belonged to him at a station house. she filed for divorce from felton last week. while out on bail, he is allowed to travel with the team. if convicted he faces years in prison. >> security guard and driver for justin bieber have been arrested near atlanta and charged with stealing a photographer's camera. they claim the photographer got too close to the pop star. later today in miami, it could be made public. the footage was taken after bieber was picked up in a lamborghini, charged with drunk driving after he was drag racing. his lawyers are trying to stop the release of the video. >> a rude awakening for a michigan who passed out on the couch after a night of partying. there is a slight problem. it wasn't his couch. it wasn't list house. it wasn't his house. police say anthony dragger was so drunk he went to the wrong apartment a few blocks away from his own.
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the man who lived there found jagger, a complete stranger, sleeping on his sofa wearing nothing but his underwear. he called 911. >> he was out with friends. obviously, he had too much to drink and ended up in the wrong place. >> jagger woke up surrounded by police. he is now facing trespassing charges. >> that's pretty impressive when you go to a place a few blocks away. i was thinking next door or the same complex. but a few blocks away, that's pretty drunk. the man who lived there said he knew something was wrong when he found strange clothes strewn about the bathroom. >> he is thinking the door was unlocked. if it was locked, he would have said, wait, my key doesn't work, i don't live here. but he just strolled right in. >> first door that worked. this must be mine. >> he was passed out, police had to shake him awake. crazy stuff. >> can't make it up. moving on to an amazing couple from iowa. they've been married for 80 years. >> clara and delbert rab i. they went down the aisle
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together in september of 1933. they met two years before that when clara was in tenth grade. >> since getting hitched, they ran a farm and raised four daughters, they now have 13 grandchildren, 11 great grand children. >> she shas says it hasn't always been easy and they stuck it out until things got better when it was tough. >> that's good advice. coming up, the war of the drones. not for military super powers. netflix going to war with amazon. >> also ahead, abc news investigation into war veterans and a big fight away from the battlefield. who is trying to help them confront a very personal war. you're watching "world news now." >> "world news now" weather, brought to you by colonial penn life insurance.
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♪ ♪ too often, america's servicemen and women return home from the war zone to a life of pain. for some of them the very agency set up to help them entraps them instead. >> abc news teamed up with the center for investigative
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reporting for this report, coming home america's promise. here is abc's byron pitts. >> these are probably the most difficult ones to look at. >> snop shots of a father who by his own admission was anything but. decorated army veteran, justin, bronze star in iraq, here so stoned on prescription drugs he can barely hold his 3-year-old daughter. the war hero turned addict. >> i had everything going for me. and like a flash, that fast, you look up and it's gone. >> this was my family. >> he is not alone. according to the center for investigative reporting, a v.a. hospitals, number prescriptions for highly addictive pain killers surge 270% in the past 12 years. a rate far above the increase in patients. in fact, more than 50,000 veterans treated by the v.a. for painkiller addiction last year alone. his road to addiction started hours after 9/11. there he is, part of the rescue
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effort outside the pentagon, he injured his back pulling a woman from a debris pile. more back problems, more prescription drugs when he fell off a helicopter in iraq. he said v.a. doctors kept prescribing more painkillers. soon a full blown addict. he tried to stop three times. >> it is a living, seemingly, never-ending nightmare. i'm angry that there are better options, more effective ways to treat my pain. the priority was seemingly treating me with whatever was the fastest, most inexpensive way. >> v.a. whistleblower dr. kaloosy speaks for the first time. she was a pain specialist at the va hospital in kansas city. >> veterans have their own set of issues. then they are given narcotics generously. and that's increasing and increasing and increasing. then we have a problem. >> reporter: the veteran's health administration said they
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are starting a program called the opiate safety initiative using many of the same recommendations pain experts have talked about for years. including drug-free alternatives like acupuncture an yoga. those have had great success in treating pain. >> these are pretty new ideas. we owe it to them to find ways to treat their pain. i'm here to say we are working on that. >> all sides agree veterans paid a high price. their pain is real. the v.a. now insists they found a new pain management plan they say works. they point to the success of test sites. in minneapolis, for example, the v.a. says highly addictive pain killers dropped by more than 50%. we will see if that can work nationally. byron pitts, abc news, washington. >> part of the problem is that doctors in this piece say that if the patient continues to complain they are still in pain, doctors just keep giving them painkillers instead of trying to find another solution and trying to eventually get them off of those painkillers.
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>> it is really scary. listen to this, v.a. patients are dying of narcotics overdoses at twice the national average. and it is a national problem. >> right, to begin with it is. >> out of control with v.a. patients. really scary. coming up, meet the sleep whisperer. she has the voice and sound that may cure your insomnia without pills and gadgets and it's for free. >> ahead in the next half hour, a real life california gold rush. a couple find $10 million in buried treasure. you're watching "world news now." >> "world news now" continues after this from our abc
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♪ mr. sandman, bring me a dream ♪ ♪ make him the cutest that i've ever seen ♪ >> all right insomniacs, we know you're out there. pay attention. there is new hope of falling asleep when you want to. that's why this is our favorite story of the day. doesn't involve surgery, pills or high-tech equipment. >> remedy is simple and free. as abc's linz -- as abc's linsey davis explains in our series, "sleepless in america." >> today i have a new video for you. >> if just hearing her voice makes you suddenly have the strong desire to doze off. this woman won't be offended. in fact, it's the response she wants. >> she is a sleep whisperer.
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one of an exploding community on the internet known as autonomous sensory meridian responders or asmr. they tap, brush, pour and mostly whisper, all to lull people to sleep. >> is it just a soothing voice? is it a calming voice? >> it has to do with the combination of sounds and voices. i'm not convinced that it works. it actually works. >> her videos have generated nearly 16 million clicks. and hers are among the thousands of asmr options. >> one of her followers is emily hansen who says ilse's videos have changed her life. >> i could not sleep. and i just was thinking about so many different things going on in my life. >> when hansen saw her first asmr video, she found it hard to keep her eyes open. >> it is one of the most euphoric experiences i had ever felt. i didn't know what it was, but i was hooked.
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my brain relaxes and i just fall asleep. just conk out. >> that's with no pills, no side effects, no danger of addiction. >> it is quite believable to me that somebody says this works better than a sleeping pill for me. >> in fact, khan says that asmr videos could be a good solution to insomnia. >> it brings me comfort that i can't find in other things. >> millions of people now relying on the internet's equivalent of counting sheep. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> so in a sense these are basically guided meditation. >> right. >> have you ever tried to meditate? i fall asleep. because it is the soothing voice. the sound. >> nice whisper. >> right. but the point is, it is distracting you from whatever is keeping you up. >> whatever works. by the way, they say the best way is to use the special head phones you can wear and not be
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time now for the mix. you know how amazon is talking about using drones to do deliveries. >> yeah. >> netflix has come out with a video kind of poking fun at that idea. it is pretty funny. take a look. ♪ ♪ >> unlike other companies, trying to rush unproven technology to market, we have literally spent days working out most of the bugs. by enabling location services on your smart phone, the disk can come right to you wherever you may be. >> delivery right in the urinal. what an idea. very clever advertisement there. >> no doubt about it. >> speaking of clever, you remember the san francisco girl we told you about who sold
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100 boxes of girl scout cookies in an hour. why? because she was outside of a marijuana dispensary. there she is. enterprising girl scout. danielle lee. selling like crazy, outside the marijuana dispensary. the munchies and all that. it seems the the girls in colorado will not be able to follow her lead like she did in california. the girl scouts of colorado have said they are just not going to allow it. there is a place for everything. they said, like a liquor show, gun show, or marijuana dispensary. it's not a place for young girls to be selling their cookies. there are plenty of other options. so as much as the business is brisk outside the dispensaries, in colorado you will not be selling your girl scout cookies out in front. >> you can understand the ban. but you can't blame that girl for trying. >> oh, my gosh, yeah. >> and the girl in san francisco, maybe she cornered the market in san francisco, but not in colorado. >> speaking of munchies, we love bacon around here. >> of course we do. >> a baseball team in pennsylvania really loves bacon, so much so, they have put bacon on their uniforms, on their hats, on everything.
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this is the lehigh valley iron pigs. get it. >> iron pigs. the minor league baseball team. these are the new uniforms. the pinstripes are bacon and so creative, they're selling scratch and sniff t-shirts that smell like bacon for the fans. >> i want one of those hats. and their new slogan, smell the change. >> smell the change. >> i have about a thousand too many hats already. but i have to have that one. >> you have to have it, yes. >> this is interesting. hipsters in brooklyn who like to grow their facial hair. >> totally the look, yeah. >> well some guys aren't blessed with that much facial hair, but they can get a facial hair transplant. a doctor in brooklyn is doing a brisk business implanting hair from the top of the head into people's faces and giving them beards. we had it done. check it out. nice. i like it. >> yours is like groomed so nicely too. >> i should try to grow that. impressive. >> think we can do that here at abc. >> i think you can totally pull it off. what about me? >> you look great. you always look great. $3,000 to $7,000. >> bargain price. sold.
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this morning on "world news now," arizona anxiety. the state's controversial bill which would allow businesses to ban gays and lesbians. the worldwide political pressure and public outcry. >> fighting fat, the latest obesity rates for american children and why the first lady's personal push may be paying off. are your kids on the right track? >> backyard bonanza, $10 million in rare gold coins dating back to the 1800s. the amazing treasure and who found it. >> down to the wire. drama in the fantasy suite as juan pablo gets dumped. so who is left and how many times did he go shirtless last night? analysis coming up in "the skinny" on this wednesday, february 26th. >> from abc, this is "world news now."
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>> good morning. i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. >> i'm john muller. did you get your juan pablo fix last night? >> i totally did. >> i know you did. >> lots of drama. excited to see what jack says about that. >> we'll have that in a little bit. we begin with outcry over arizona's contentious bill. legislation clearing the way for businesses to turn away gay customers in the name of religi religion. >> arizona governor jan brewer is under intense pressure to veto, tweeting overnight that she will do the right thing for the state. more now from abc's cecilia vega. >> outrage at the state capitol. as governor jan brewer faces a decision, does she sign into law a bill allowing businesses, in the name of religious, freedom to refuse to serve gay people or veto it. but major companies are pouncing, saying the law would create an unfriendly climate that's bad for business. joining the chorus, marriott hotels. tech giant, apple. which has plans to open a 2,000
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job high-tech plant in the state. and american airlines. whose ceo wrote, this bill send the wrong message. mitt romney chimed in urging a veto. even the nfl weighs in. with next year's super bowl set to be played in arizona, the league says it supports tolerance and inclusiveness. >> it is discrimination couched behind the belief that i can hide behind my religious beliefs. >> the opposition has been loud, but you from the backers of this bill so far we are hearing silence. we tried to find business owners who would go on the record in support of it. so far, we have not found one. but willing to talk, maya artinson of christian business networking in arizona. for her, this is about religious freedom. >> how is this any different than refusing service to someone because of the color of their skin? >> that would be a horrible thing. >> that's not what this is about. this is about situations where people want their belief systems respected. >> the governor has until saturday to act.
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cecilia vega, abc news, phoenix. >> all kinds of people speaking out. attorney general eric holder spoke out in favor of gay rights. he told the state's attorney general that gay marriage bans are unconstitutional and they are not obliged to stand behind state laws that they believe are discriminatory. >> while this is a push from some businesses, there are also a lot of prominent business leaders asking the governor to veto this. the state tourism industry says the bill's already having a negative effect. i don't know if you remember but in the '90s the nfl moved the super bowl out of arizona because the state refused to recognize martin luther king, jr. day back then. you can see the impact that these state laws and movements can really have on business. >> we will stay on top of this one. after a brief respite of mild weather, arctic air invading much of the country again and refreezing thawed waterways, creating dangerous conditions. an illinois man who thought the iced over spoon river thawed enough for him to reach his
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flooded boat. no. unfortunately, he capsized and disappeared before the rescuers could get to him. rescuers will resume their search at daylight. >> southern californians are busy stacking sandbags ahead of two pacific storms that are expected to pound the state, starting today. the next few days will likely see the most rain fall in california since spring of 2011. that rain is also bringing the threat of flooding and mudslides, especially around the foothills that have been burned by wildfires last month. >> and of course california needs this rain and mountain snow so much. >> accu weather meteorologist jim dickey is tracking the pacific storm and another one hitting the northeast. good morning, jim. >> good morning, john and marci. we are tracking snow across the east into new england. through the early morning hours. it is weak but it will travel delays along the i-95 corridor. boston, south and west, new york city into d.c. just picking up a coating to an inch or show but leaving roadways slick. meanwhile, dealing with brutal cold along the upper midwest. northern plains minus 13, early morning low minneapolis. minus 3 in chicago.
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many spots above 0 during the day. soaking rain in california. we do need this but too much of a good thing will lead it flooding into the weekend. john and marci, back to you. >> jim dickey, thank you. a spectacular scene from the surface of the sun. a giant solar flare erupted there yesterday. winds over 4 million miles per hour. flares often disrupt communications here on earth. this one was not directed at us. it could still cause auroras near the poles tonight. >> as the health care sign-up deadline approaches, president obama wants to see an enrollment surge next month. he says about 4 million people are enrolled so far and he wants 7 million signed up by the deadline of march 31st. after that, anyone without insurance will face penalties. the surge in sign-ups follows his push to get black and latino americans enrolled. >> stunning news this morning
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about childhood obesity. a drop of obesity in young children. the obama administration may be due some of the credit. nbc's linzie janis has more. >> four years after michelle obama launched her let's move initiative to get kids to eat right and exercise -- ♪ ♪ -- that stunning headline. new government numbers showing in 2004, 14% of 2 to 5-year-olds were obese. but by 2012, that number dropped to just 8%. the cdc calling the first significant decrease in the epidemic. >> it is particularly important since new evidence suggests that kids who are overweight that age are more likely to be overweight as adults. >> experts point to a number of factors that may have contributed to the dramatic decline. kids are consuming fewer sugary drinks. more moms are breast-feeding. they also credit the first lady with raising awareness. lessons that may be starting to stick.
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linzie janis, abc news, new york. >> general motors is expanding its recall of small cars to repair defective ignition switches. the recall covers 1.6 million compact cars. various saturn, chevrolet and pontiac models from 2003 to 2007 need repairs. the faulty ignitions can shut off and 13 deaths are linked to the defect. federal safety advocates insist gm knew about the defects for years and did not issue a recall. >> you won't see the best car in america at your gas station because it runs on a battery. consumer reports shows that the tesla model s is the top pick. the magazine says this electric car has exceptional performance and many impressive innovations but also an impressive price tag, $90,000. among consumer reports, other top picks are ram 1500 as best pickup. the small suv is the subaru forester and honda accord is the number one midsize sedan. >> here is a question, what did you get when you mix a
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children's playground, snow and an american snowboarder who just competed in the winter olympics. >> my answer is a pretty cool video starring chas guldemond. who we last saw on the slopes of sochi. this time he was doing his thing on a basketball playground and a hoop in reno, nevada. >> he didn't come home with a medal but put on quite a show there. maybe we will see him in south korea in four years. >> i love this video. >> that's really cool. >> i wonder how many takes they had to do. >> yeah, right. that's awesome. >> wait for it, wait for it. >> dunk. >> nice. >> coming up, gold line in the backyard. this is incredible. $10 million find discovered by a couple on their own land. >> and college students rocking around the clock. >> a well-known annual tradition given special meaning this year. you're watching "world news now." ♪ ♪
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some of the finest experts have ever seen. >> a couple were just out walking their dog. awesome. wayne friedman of our san francisco station has the story. >> reporter: unbelievable. this is part of $10 million staring you in the face. 10 mill in 5s, 10s and $20 lady liberty gold pieces minted in the 1800s. >> it is clear these were buried over a long period of time. >> and dug up in coffee cans, an unnamed couple walking on their land in northern california's gold country. here is the story as they told rare coin dealer, don kagin, when they walked through the door one day last year. >> found the can, they used a stick to dig it out. they brought it back thinking it was full of paint because it was so heavy. then when they got rid of some of the gunk and dirt they discovered they had gold. the little pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. they went back with a metal detector and found seven other cans. >> that now have a name.
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the saddle ridge hoard. 1400 coins. street value back then, $28,000. but so much more now because of the lore and the quality. >> the coins that are out there, that have maintained their value the best over the years, the coins that have good stories, that's what people are really buying here. >> what do they plan to do with the cans? >> they want to keep them. >> there's no placing a price tag on a memory. wayne friedman for abc news. >> all right, folks. brings us to our facebook question of the day. what would you do if you found $10 million? >> would you splurge? would you buy a mansion or support a charity? you can let us know at wnnfans.com. >> all of the above. >> all of the above. that's what this couple plans to do. they will pay their debts. oh, what are you going to do? you're apparently moneybags. >> all of the above. i wish. >> giant coins there. good find. they say they will pay debts and help people in their community who are hungry and don't have enough to eat.
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>> they prefer to stay anonymous. they are in their 40s. >> can't blame them. >> they've dabbled in panning for gold in that area. >> they were looking in the wrong place. >> it was already minted. >> their advice is, don't be above bending over to check a rusty can. pretty funny. you never know. >> and whatever answers you seek might be right at home. you don't have to go too far. very cool. >> next up on "the skinny." who dumped the bachelor on his own show? >> and the muppets like you've never seen before. that and more, coming up next. >> "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ ♪ welcome back, everybody. time for "the skinny." we start once again with more bachelor. >> a special episode here on abc last night. here to tell us more about it, our senior bachelor analyst jack sheehan. drama, drama. >> let me tell you what. one of those things, john, i couldn't -- i couldn't get over it.
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we start -- where were we? we said last night, there's going to be hi-jinks in the fantasy suite. as jp would say, holy moly! aye yi yi. start with the first date. clare and juan pablo. on a yacht, go swimming, to dinner eventually. get to the fantasy suite. all is well, folks. all is well with jp and clare. second date, juan pablo and nikki. she had an interesting outfit on. they wind up on horseback. they go swimming. they have dinner. they get to the fantasy suite. where she says, i love you to juan pablo. all is well, america, with nikki and juan pablo. then there's andi. everything seemed to be going well. they're walking. they're driving to a waterfall.
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they get to the waterfall. they get under the waterfall. all is well with andi and jp. they get to the fantasy suite. all seemed well with jp and andi. the morning after, some differing opinions. let's hear it. >> we had a great night together, you know. we freakin' talked and laughed for hours. >> waking up this morning, i could not wait to get out of the fantasy suite. >> the whole night was just a disaster. >> and i'm happy. i'm very happy. >> i really hope he did not think that that was a good date. >> well, that didn't go too well. >> yikes. >> she goes over to his place. she also accuses him of name-dropping, not caring about her, thinking he can say whatever he wants. not having a filter. calls his use of the phrase
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"okay" not only bad, but annoying. maybe needless to say, andi is out of there. she is -- >> decided to leave. >> she decided to leave. she is done. so much for that. okay. shirtless count, shirtless count, kiss count, three. tears count, nil. the shirtless count stops at five. there you go. for the women. so two women remaining. nikki and clare. the women tell all next week. uh-oh. i got to go. >> see you, jack. >> can't wait for next week. >> oh, i know. you're so excited. >> i like jack better than the show. let's talk about more things going on. main character in a much-anticipated movie, never wears a shirt either. 60 years after the original, fans are eagerly awaiting the reboot of "godzilla." >> besides the lizard king, it stars bryan cranston. it doesn't open until may, but the new trailer is generating lots of buzz.
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>> besides cranston, the film boasts some good actors. juliette binoche, elizabeth olsen and ken watanabe. godzilla himself is only seen briefly in the trailer. you may have to wait until may for a good look. >> a godzilla sized ego is heading for the big screen. now we know when. >> mark your calenders. entourage hbos mega hit about super agent ari gold, hits theaters june 12, 2015. it is being shot in l.a. with liam neeson. he makes a cameo in a scene shot yesterday. you will have to wait another 16 months to see it at a theater near you. instagram with a slew of celebrity selfies, but cut from a different cloth. >> they are. the muppets on the loose with a smartphone. as you can see from this shot. the swedish chef. >> kermit and company overshadowing every moment on instagram. look at beaker, stunned. taken off guard.
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this is penn state's song. america's biggest college dance marathon. more than 700 dancers shaking, shimmying, strutting their stuff. all to help kids like 13-year-old britney wagner. britney has cancer. money raised here will help pay for her family's medical costs. after 24 hours -- >> i can't move my feet. >> reporter: -- almost 36 of hours in, allison's legs are swollen, she is losing her voice. >> it is not really about us. it is about fighting cancer. >> reporter: and 44 hours in, nearly two days after their dance began, allison and ryan are barely hanging on. [ inaudible ] >> 3, 2, 1 -- >> reporter: and then it's over. mission accomplished. $13 million raised. and perhaps more importantly --
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>> i'm so happy. >> reporter: britney is here. >> don't ever underestimate the affect you can have on a child's life. >> reporter: dancing with your feet, and your heart. sarah haines, abc news, state college, pennsylvania. >> how cool is that? >> you got to love it. >> you got to love it. >> it looks fun. but these guys are in it for the right reasons. one of the participants said i know i can get through the toughness of 46 hours on my feet because those kids can go through months and years of treatment. that's more pain than i will ever have to go through in my life. >> i love the rule, you have to remain upright. >> yes. you have to remain upright. and no coffee. that is a tough part. >> boy oh, boy. >> leaning on each other. that's what we do to stay up. my gosh. can't imagine. good for them. >> this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. g insomniacs for two decades.
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making news in america this morning, wild weather. today heavy rain could cause big problems in california while the bone-chilling cold and snow make a comeback in other parts of the country. mounting pressure, the firestorm over arizona's so-called anti-gay bill is getting more intense. why the entire nation is watching what the governor does and the late night tweet she just sent out. fortunate find. a couple unearths a real-life buried treasure. it is a rare discovery that could go down in the record books. saltwater slap. a woman gets too close to a whale's tail and is left red-faced. >> there's a fin. >> oh.

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